Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport, #29)
Lucas Davenport pursues a prolific serial killer who has gone undetected for years in the newest nail-biter by #1 NewYork Times bestselling author John Sandford.It was a relatively minor criminal matter, all things considered, but enough that the US Marshals obtained a warrant to enter the home. They didn’t expect to unearth trophies from a score of killings.Now Davenport is on the trail of a serial murderer, one who was able to operate for years without notice or suspicion. But there’s even more to this killer than meets the eye…

Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport, #29) Details

TitleNeon Prey (Lucas Davenport, #29)
Author
ReleaseApr 23rd, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN-139780525536581
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller

Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport, #29) Review

  • Kemper
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And if what happens is that you get eaten by a cannibal while there you'll definitely be staying in Vegas.Clayton Deese was an enforcer/hired killer for a loan shark in New Orleans who gets arrested after one of his jobs go wrong. Since Deese has a lot of skeletons in his closet he jumps bail and disappears. Actually, the skeletons are in graves behind his house, and Deese had a habit of cutti I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And if what happens is that you get eaten by a cannibal while there you'll definitely be staying in Vegas.Clayton Deese was an enforcer/hired killer for a loan shark in New Orleans who gets arrested after one of his jobs go wrong. Since Deese has a lot of skeletons in his closet he jumps bail and disappears. Actually, the skeletons are in graves behind his house, and Deese had a habit of cutting prime cuts off his victims and throwing them on the grill. Once that grisly discovery has been made Deese is the country’s most notorious fugitive, and US Marshal Lucas Davenport is brought in to help track him down. Deese has hooked up with his brother who is running a nasty home invasion crew that Lucas tracks from Los Angeles to Las Vegas as the trail keeps getting bloodier. There’s also a complication that Deese’s old boss is worried that he’ll flip on him if caught so he’s trying to either kill him or make sure he gets out of the country. This is the 29th book of the Prey series, and it’s got all the usual stuff. The plotting is tight with multiple characters all working their own agendas, the tension builds nicely to some big moments, and we get to hang out with Davenport as he uses a mix of deduction, manipulation, and intimidation to find the bad guys. Sandford even throws a pretty wicked curve ball at the reader about a quarter of the way into the book that literally made me sit up and curse aloud in shock when it happened. Lucas’ new role as a marshal continues to be interesting, and the Vegas setting is used well as the kind of place where trying to follow a suspect through the maze of a casino is a challenge.However, it doesn’t quite hit the peaks of the series at its best. There’s some great set-up of Deese as a people-eatin’ leg-breaker, but more time is actually spent with other members of the home invasion crew so that he doesn’t come across as the best of the Prey bad guys. It’s a little disappointing that more isn’t done with the cannibal angle. (What? If I read a book where I’m told the villain eats people then I expect somebody to get eaten. Don’t look at me like that. I’m not the only person who watched Hannibal.) In fact, it’s more used for shock factor and almost a running gag than anything. The twist that we get early on doesn’t really amount to much either at the end of the day and is kind of quickly forgotten.Still, it’s John Sandford so it’s a pretty satisfying thriller that will keep you turning pages even if it isn’t Lucas’s most memorable case.
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  • Maureen Carden
    January 1, 1970
    Neon Prey by John Sandford has easily passed my old lady reading test. I read a quarter of the book, put it down for two weeks, and then pick it back up to finish. The test: remembering everything I have read and not having go back to refresh my memory. Neon Prey was an easy A+, no going back to refresh my memory of the story or characters. Yes indeedy ladies and gentlemen step right up and read Neon Prey. You won’t be sorry, unless you don’t like graphic crime stories.There isn’t a crime I can Neon Prey by John Sandford has easily passed my old lady reading test. I read a quarter of the book, put it down for two weeks, and then pick it back up to finish. The test: remembering everything I have read and not having go back to refresh my memory. Neon Prey was an easy A+, no going back to refresh my memory of the story or characters. Yes indeedy ladies and gentlemen step right up and read Neon Prey. You won’t be sorry, unless you don’t like graphic crime stories.There isn’t a crime I can think of that isn’t present in Neon Prey, and maybe one or two I wouldn’t have thought to include. This is just one more example of Sandford’s genius in keeping the Lucas Davenport series fresh. The other genius, making it possible to jump in anywhere in the series and read as a stand-alone. Be aware though, very aware that you will want to go back to read the prior twenty eight. If I were a new reader, by the end of this book I would be jumpin’ for joy.Davenport is now a deputy U.S. Marshall without portfolio, so to speak. He has some serious political pull, on both sides of the political aisle and is allowed to do pretty much what he wants. What he wants is to bring in serious killers.Rae Givens and Bob Matees, fellow deputy US Marshall’s bring Davenport just what he wants, a formerly unknown serial killer who is in the wind. Clayton Deese, has been arrested by the FBI, and has agreed to snitch on a New Orleans boss, Rodger Smith; a serious player in the swamp of New Orleans’s crime. Instead, Deese, has cut his ankle monitoring device and hightailed it from his south Louisiana property. When Bob and Rae, along with the FBI agent Sandro Tremanty, go to re- arrest Deese, they find buried bodies; lots of buried bodies.The chase for Deese lasts for months, collecting more cities, more criminals and more crimes.The writing as always is meticulous, taking you along on Mr.Toad’s wild ride At the same time the easy humor and dry wit makes you want to ante up a pocketful of quarters and ask for a seat at the table.Depravity, camaraderie, terror, warmth, distrust, humor are all present and accounted for in Neon Prey. There is a tender yet funny scene where Davenport meets with his eldest daughter who is pondering which path to take after college, a dream job or further education. He tells her he doesn’t like to talk about such things, but basically she is trust fund scum and money should never be a basis for her decisions. A lesson never learned by Deese and his partners.Sadly, Davenport’s coworkers from the earlier books are barely present. Never fear though, Virgil Flowers, with his usual sobriquet, is present a few times, just not often enough. Sorry Mr. Sandford, I’m sure you hear this compliant in every Davenport book. But ‘me and Mr. Davenport, we got a thing going on’ and that will never change. Flowers is just my backdoor hero.I have to admit to being intrigued by Deese's use of Filé powder in his barbecue rub, but I would use a different cut of meat.Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    Only a couple of authors have written separate serial books featuring two different characters I absolutely love, and John Sandford is one of them. For years, law enforcement agents Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport have been never-miss favorites. It is the latter who takes center stage here (although happily, Virgil makes a couple of appearances as well).That said, most characters in long-running series - at least in my experience, and I'll cite as examples works by both Jonathan and Faye Kell Only a couple of authors have written separate serial books featuring two different characters I absolutely love, and John Sandford is one of them. For years, law enforcement agents Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport have been never-miss favorites. It is the latter who takes center stage here (although happily, Virgil makes a couple of appearances as well).That said, most characters in long-running series - at least in my experience, and I'll cite as examples works by both Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, J.D. Robb and Janet Evanovich - over the years tend to lose a titch of the pizzazz that hooked me in the first place, and Lucas and Virgil are no exceptions. But hey: most of these characters aren't exactly spring chickens anymore, so slowing down a bit is to be expected (as I approach octogenarian status. I know this all too well). In fact, in this, the 29th in the series; even Lucas himself has a few moments of self-doubt. But he's still filthy rich (millions earned by gaming software he developed), married (to plastic surgeon Weather, who gets in a few good lines here) and hasn't lost his sense of humor. And while the thrill of the chase may have dropped a notch or two, it hasn't lessened my love of the books, including this one. It begins with a chase to find a hired killer named Deese; the marshals don't find him, but they do find graves filled with dead bodies. That's bad enough, but evidence shows this killer has a particularly nasty habit (let's just say if you put him in a room with Hannibal Lecter, one of the two wouldn't go home hungry and the other wouldn't go home at all). Lucas has an office in Minneapolis, but he works out of Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Marshals Service. Finding Deese is important to the feds not only because of his eating habits, but because it's believed that he's been hired by a bad guy named Roger Smith (no relation, I presume, to the late husband of Ann-Margret), who's the real target they're after. The chase brings together a few familiar (and likable) characters from previous books as well as a slew of law enforcement agencies from New Orleans to Los Angeles to Las Vegas. One raid in particular turns out not all that well for Lucas (triggering, so to speak, that self-doubt mentioned earlier).All in all, it's another great adventure that doesn't disappoint (telling more might spoil the fun for other readers, so I won't). I must, however, note one of the highlights for me: The ever-dapper Lucas dressed in cargo shorts. Now that would be a sight to see!Once again, many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
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  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for this arc.I've always enjoyed John Sandford's Prey novels and this one (# 29) didn't disappoint. Lucas is still with the Marshall's service and it was great to see Bob and Rae back too as his trusted sidekicks. In Neon Prey, they has to scramble from New Orleans to LA to Las Vegas and points beyond, interacting with all sorts of law enforcement agencies. The action was non-stop and at time pretty grisly. The were bad guys galore, good guys, bad guys Thank you NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for this arc.I've always enjoyed John Sandford's Prey novels and this one (# 29) didn't disappoint. Lucas is still with the Marshall's service and it was great to see Bob and Rae back too as his trusted sidekicks. In Neon Prey, they has to scramble from New Orleans to LA to Las Vegas and points beyond, interacting with all sorts of law enforcement agencies. The action was non-stop and at time pretty grisly. The were bad guys galore, good guys, bad guys trying to be good, good guys going bad, con-artists, and at least one smart cookie. Lucas manages to get shot (again), but this time he noticed it and had to spend some time recovering (He is human!). But Sandford's dry humor was present through-out. Virgil was even present for the final wrap up. A great fast read from a truly dependable author.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll admit that it took me a little bit to get into Neon Prey. While I love Lucas (and dearly loved our little Virgil “ahem” Flowers cameo), our villain wasn’t exactly the sort we love to hate. Despite his…proclivities…I actually found him a little dull.However, the action amped up when our chase after one man became a chase after a group of very interesting characters. I was in.(And a little aside: props on your descriptions of Altadena. I mean, it kind of weirded me out when you basically wrot I’ll admit that it took me a little bit to get into Neon Prey. While I love Lucas (and dearly loved our little Virgil “ahem” Flowers cameo), our villain wasn’t exactly the sort we love to hate. Despite his…proclivities…I actually found him a little dull.However, the action amped up when our chase after one man became a chase after a group of very interesting characters. I was in.(And a little aside: props on your descriptions of Altadena. I mean, it kind of weirded me out when you basically wrote my every morning drive, but you did well!)I liked the fact that the author gave Lucas some real danger here and thought our cat-and-mouse game was very well written.A good entry into the series!*ARC Provided via Net Galley
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  • Steven Laing
    January 1, 1970
    Waiting for the next one. Have read all of the Prey series and will continue to purchase them as they are written.I found Wicked Prey on a bus bench with a note attached stating read this? Been hooked ever since. Lucas Davenport is the man.
  • Randal White
    January 1, 1970
    How does Sandford do it?I mean, book after book, he continues to make Lucas Davenport, (or, in his other series, Virgil Flowers), interesting and intriguing. This edition is no different. Davenport is hunting another BAD guy, this time a serial killing psycho, who, by the way, just happens to be a cannibal also! The buildup is great, and the action scenes exciting. You feel like you're riding in the car with the main character as he builds his case. I'm not going to give away the plot, it would How does Sandford do it?I mean, book after book, he continues to make Lucas Davenport, (or, in his other series, Virgil Flowers), interesting and intriguing. This edition is no different. Davenport is hunting another BAD guy, this time a serial killing psycho, who, by the way, just happens to be a cannibal also! The buildup is great, and the action scenes exciting. You feel like you're riding in the car with the main character as he builds his case. I'm not going to give away the plot, it would spoil the book for you. Suffice it to say, if you liked Sandford's previous Prey novels, you will love this one too!I don't know how many more Prey books the author has in him, but I will continue reading them until he stops. Hopefully, that day is far away!Bravo!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I love Davenport, and this was a decent installment in the series. The novels since Davenport joined the Marsals, however, have been really high on violence and quite a bit lower on investigation. These more recent novels have still been highly readable, they’re just moving in a direction I find less interesting overall.
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  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    January 1, 1970
    Good ending; but it was a long, dry read getting there. I know I have said the last couple of books that I feel this series has gotten routine, boring, and I prefer Virgil Flowers. Yet here I am again...
  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsThis book is a thrill ride with near non-stop action.Clayton Deese is a bad, bad guy. He is a “fixer” for a lawyer/loan shark/bail bondsman named Roger “Rog” Smith. Smith is a slime ball and Deese does his dirty work for him. You want someone beat up? You want them killed? Deese can do it for you, no problem. Deese has a secret, even his boss doesn't know about. When a “job” goes wrong, Deese is arrested on a federal charge. He then skips bail. Enter the FBI and the US Marshalls. The two 5 starsThis book is a thrill ride with near non-stop action.Clayton Deese is a bad, bad guy. He is a “fixer” for a lawyer/loan shark/bail bondsman named Roger “Rog” Smith. Smith is a slime ball and Deese does his dirty work for him. You want someone beat up? You want them killed? Deese can do it for you, no problem. Deese has a secret, even his boss doesn't know about. When a “job” goes wrong, Deese is arrested on a federal charge. He then skips bail. Enter the FBI and the US Marshalls. The two marshalls that are assisting the FBI in hunting down Deese, Bob and Rae, ask for Lucas Davenport to join the team. Lucas is delighted for catching killers is just what he likes. His unorthidox methods most often bring results.He meets the FBI agent on the case, Sandro Tremanty, who seems to be an okay guy and he has an uncanny resemblance to Lucas. Lucas, Rae and Bob go to LA where they have a lead as to Deese's location. A raid on the house is planned with the LA Sheriffs and the LA Police tactical squads. It goes horribly wrong. Deese, his brother and two others are on the run again. The reader is treated to a description of the step-by-step process of tracking the bad guys down again. Following leads, talking to people and threatening them is all part of the job. Lucas' team finds him and his cronies in Vegas. Meanwhile, Deese has contacted his boss, Rog Smith to get some money from him to disappear after another aborted B & E job. Smith agrees to pay and sends his right-hand man Santos to Vegas to give Deese the money. Or he can keep the money himself and just kill Deese – it's up to him. Again, the stuff hits the fan and Deese comes up with an idea for just one more job before they leave town – for good they agree this time. Again, things go horribly wrong and Deese is on the move again. He is now down to two cronies and himself. Deese gets an idea. It is now clear that he is running the little gang. The story comes to a close in a thrilling and nail-biting douement. The book is as extremely well written and plotted as are all of John Sanford's novels. I don't know from where Mr. Sanford gets his ideas, but his are compulsive reads. Deese is a character the reader loves to hate. His cronies are just as bad with the exception of perhaps Cox. But then she was the wheelman – or woman in this case. In some ways this book could be a “how not to” manual for stupid criminals out there. I like the way Mr. Sanford uses language and inserts action in all the right places. His descriptions of Deese's evil habits are precise without getting too gory. This book is a thrill ride for sure and I am already looking forward to the next John Sanford novel.I want to thank NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam/G.P. Putnam's Sons for forwarding to me this absolutely great book for me to read, enjoy and review.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pretty good addition to this series, not the best, but far from the worst. The crime part was so so, a bunch of stupid people getting lucky. I didn't mind that most of them were killed by the end, but hated that one woman got away with no punishment and continued on with things.What I liked most about this one were the talks that Lucas and Letty had. Lucas gave her some great advice on where to go next in her life, of course it helped that he could clue her in on being set financially This was a pretty good addition to this series, not the best, but far from the worst. The crime part was so so, a bunch of stupid people getting lucky. I didn't mind that most of them were killed by the end, but hated that one woman got away with no punishment and continued on with things.What I liked most about this one were the talks that Lucas and Letty had. Lucas gave her some great advice on where to go next in her life, of course it helped that he could clue her in on being set financially. I also loved that Letty was there when Lucas got hurt and gave him hell.Lucas and the two other US Marshalls continue to be a highlight of the books. Their relationship is filled with friendship and admiration. I like that Rae and Bob are good friends themselves as well as partners and call Lucas in for the fun cases.
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  • The Real Book Spy
    January 1, 1970
    Things aren’t always what the first appearance in the latest novel from New York Times bestseller John Sandford, who brings back his fan-favorite hero, Lucas Davenport, for his 29th go-around. When was first arrested and booked for federal racketeering charges, the feds had no idea who they were dealing with. As it turns out, though, Clayton Deese, a hired killer with a taste for human flesh, is actually one of the most wanted men in the country—and by the time the police realize who he really i Things aren’t always what the first appearance in the latest novel from New York Times bestseller John Sandford, who brings back his fan-favorite hero, Lucas Davenport, for his 29th go-around. When was first arrested and booked for federal racketeering charges, the feds had no idea who they were dealing with. As it turns out, though, Clayton Deese, a hired killer with a taste for human flesh, is actually one of the most wanted men in the country—and by the time the police realize who he really is, he’s already slipped away, leaving behind a sliced-off GPS tracker and a makeshift gravesite of innocent victims who’ve been partially cannibalized before dumped in the woods. Needing help, local law enforcement turn to the U.S. Marshalls, and soon thereafter Lucas Davenport is dispatched to New Orleans to help find Deese and bring him in before he can kill again. While things don’t go according to plan early on, as Deese manages to leave a trail of bodies in his wake as he flees the law, Davenport is able to follow the bloodshed to Las Vegas, where he quickly realizes that the FBI and U.S. Marshall’s office aren’t the only ones looking for him. Worse, Lucas is forced to question the motives of those around him, complicating things further, giving him one more thing to think about as he tries to navigate his way around the obstacle course of corruption and crime in Vegas, leading to a . . .Read the rest of this review here: https://therealbookspy.com/2019/03/11...
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    There aren’t many authors whose latest book I eagerly await, and who maintain a consistently high level in terms of plot, character, and entertainment value. John Sandford has been one of those (along with Michael Connelly, Michael Robotham, Robert Crais, and Elizaeth George (OK, a few clunkers in the Lynley series, but overall still a fave). I was a bit surprised to realize that his latest, Neon Prey, is #29 in the Lucas Davenport series. I’m pretty sure I have read them all, and over the years There aren’t many authors whose latest book I eagerly await, and who maintain a consistently high level in terms of plot, character, and entertainment value. John Sandford has been one of those (along with Michael Connelly, Michael Robotham, Robert Crais, and Elizaeth George (OK, a few clunkers in the Lynley series, but overall still a fave). I was a bit surprised to realize that his latest, Neon Prey, is #29 in the Lucas Davenport series. I’m pretty sure I have read them all, and over the years I’ve come to know and love Lucas and some of his cronies, so I was happy to receive a copy of Neon Prey from Penguin Group/G.P. Putnam’s Sons and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.Lucas is now working for the U.S. Marshals Service, based in Washington, D.C., although he continues to live with his wife Weather, a plastic surgeon, in Minneapolis. He’s still got a boatload of money along with political clout and connections in various law enforcement agencies across the country. He also still has his buddy Virgil Flowers, although Virgil isn’t a major character this time around. The Marshals get involved in a search for a hired killer named Clayton Deese, and when they get to Deese’s place in the Louisiana bayou, they start finding graves filled with dead bodies. Evidence shows Deese, a truly disgusting man, has a Hannial Lecter streak, and the feds want him both because he is a nasty cannibalistic serial killer and even more because he works for a long-time target of theirs named Roger Smith. Deese is basically a creepy guy: “When a normal law-abiding citizen looked at Clayton Deese, his first thought was that Deese belonged in jail. Not that Deese ran into many normal citizens.” In addition to Bob and Rae, characters from previous books, Lucas works with various LEOs in LA and Las Vegas as well as Louisiana as they all hunt for Smith and Deese. I’ve spent time in both LA and Vegas, and I loved Sandford’s descriptions of both places. In Vegas, Lucas and crew wander through some of the big casinos on the Strip, including Caesars, where they find themselves in the Forum shops. “The Forum was an absurd place, gigantic statues of big-breasted nude Roman women and Greek gods with fountains spraying water over them. Tourists wandered around, taking selfies and eating crap.” PERFECTLY SUMS IT UP!!No spoilers, but the chase is fairly long and full of action with some classic Sandford humor thrown in. Solid recommendation! Four solid stars.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Neon PreySeries: Lucas Davenport 29#Author: John SandfordPenguin Group PutnamPages:400genre: mystery /thrillerPub date:April 23.2019author's websit: http://www.johnsandford.org/Books in the Lucas Sandford seriesNetgalley ARCNeon Prey :Book synopsisLucas Davenport pursues a prolific serial killer who has gone undetected for years in the newest nail-biter by #1 NewYork Times bestselling author John Sandford.It was a relatively minor criminal matter, all things considered, but enough that th Title: Neon PreySeries: Lucas Davenport 29#Author: John SandfordPenguin Group PutnamPages:400genre: mystery /thrillerPub date:April 23.2019author's websit: http://www.johnsandford.org/Books in the Lucas Sandford seriesNetgalley ARCNeon Prey :Book synopsisLucas Davenport pursues a prolific serial killer who has gone undetected for years in the newest nail-biter by #1 NewYork Times bestselling author John Sandford.It was a relatively minor criminal matter, all things considered, but enough that the US Marshals obtained a warrant to enter the home. They didn’t expect to unearth trophies from a score of killings.Now Davenport is on the trail of a serial murderer, one who was able to operate for years without notice or suspicion. But there’s even more to this killer than meets the eyeMy thoughts:rating: 5Would I recommend this ? yesWould I recommend the series? a big yesWould I read anything else by this series ?yes ( but only in these 2 series ) Fast pace , lots of action, and doesn't disappoint at all, from start to finish you get lost in the story and get pulled along for the ride of your life , while Lucas ,Bob and Rae track down and chase a serial killer that seems to be always one step head of them, but his unlike any serial killer they've ever gone after, so all I can say is set back and enjoy the read because this is John Standford at his very best , and he makes it a story you can't put down, don't want to put down and makes you want more of his series and stories. With that said I want to thank Netgalley and Penguin Group Putnam for letting me read and review Neon Prey which part of one of my favorite series to read , exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Nancy Goldberg Wilks
    January 1, 1970
    Neon Prey is the 29th book in John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport series. In this installment, we are reunited with deputy U.S. Marshall Davenport and two of his co-workers, Bob and Rae. Clayton Deese is a hired goon who failed to make a required appearance while on bond. When law enforcement went looking for Deese at his Louisiana home, they instead found numerous graves with murdered, cannibalized remains. Just the sort of case to interest Marshall Davenport. Suspecting that Deese has fled to his Neon Prey is the 29th book in John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport series. In this installment, we are reunited with deputy U.S. Marshall Davenport and two of his co-workers, Bob and Rae. Clayton Deese is a hired goon who failed to make a required appearance while on bond. When law enforcement went looking for Deese at his Louisiana home, they instead found numerous graves with murdered, cannibalized remains. Just the sort of case to interest Marshall Davenport. Suspecting that Deese has fled to his half brother in Los Angeles, Lucas takes the hunt – and Bob and Rae – first there and later to Las Vegas. As always, it feels good to be back with our old friend Davenport; but, this Prey book is a bit different from prior installments. There is no real mystery, or crime to solve, in Neon Prey. We basically know who did what. Rather, the plot focuses more on where the perpetrators are and how Lucas finds them. We are treated to Sandford’s methodical, step by step progression of Lucas’s hunt; there are no leaps in logic, no unrealistic surmises involved. This Prey installment has Sandford’s typical good writing, as well as some of his humor. However, Neon Prey feels more superficial than the earlier books. Although the plot is detailed, there is only a mention of some of Davenport’s family and old friends like Flowers, Jenkins, and Strake. Although this may not trouble many new Prey fans, to a long time Davenport devotee, this feels like the picture of Lucas portrayed in Neon Prey is flat or missing a dimension. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my visit with Marshall Davenport, and I look forward to Sandford’s next installment in the series.
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  • P.e. lolo
    January 1, 1970
    In this book about Lucas Davenport, you are introduced to the killer first. Clayton Dees is not someone you want to run into, for his job is either to make you hurt so his boos gets his money or make you disappear. Now his job does not go the way he planned it and he is on the run. Also, law enforcement is all over his place in Louisiana. It is there that they begin to discover bodies or at least parts of them for he has eaten some parts. I should say barbequed. This is when Luca is called in. h In this book about Lucas Davenport, you are introduced to the killer first. Clayton Dees is not someone you want to run into, for his job is either to make you hurt so his boos gets his money or make you disappear. Now his job does not go the way he planned it and he is on the run. Also, law enforcement is all over his place in Louisiana. It is there that they begin to discover bodies or at least parts of them for he has eaten some parts. I should say barbequed. This is when Luca is called in. he is now working for the U.S. Marshalls. Because of his connections he can get things moving along faster in order to begin tracking Dees. This is another good book that takes you from Minnesota to L.A. then to Vegas. The action in between those places and in those places keep this book moving along at a fast pace without losing the story. All of the characters are good wheatear good guys, or gals, or bad. When you get to the end I did not see it ending as it did. Growing up in the Mojave Desert and actually catching one, not smart, the author having a Mojave green snake make an appearance was good. They are actually more deadly than any rattlesnake in the Mojave and yes they are green. Overall a very good book once again by this author. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    Clayton Deese is the most disturbing of serial killers and tracking him from Louisiana to Vegas is the US Marshal team of Lucas Davenport and Bob and Rae. So gruesome are his crimes, they willingly team up with FBI agent Sandro Tremanty. The action is non stop and, at times, brutal. The cast of characters are unique, and its not all black and white on who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Davenport is consistent in walking that fine line of doing things by the book, and doing what it takes Clayton Deese is the most disturbing of serial killers and tracking him from Louisiana to Vegas is the US Marshal team of Lucas Davenport and Bob and Rae. So gruesome are his crimes, they willingly team up with FBI agent Sandro Tremanty. The action is non stop and, at times, brutal. The cast of characters are unique, and its not all black and white on who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Davenport is consistent in walking that fine line of doing things by the book, and doing what it takes to get the job done. But even he makes mistakes, and he does so in this book. As usual, with a Prey book, carve out some time, because you won't want to put it down. You will cringe, you will be on the edge of your seat, and you will even laugh. Visits from past characters ….ahem..Flowers being one of them...make this another must read by John Sandford.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    Neon pray by John Sanford is another diverting and regaling entry in the Lucas Davenport Minneapolis-based series. This time out Lucas who is now a federal marshal is on the trail of a vicious serial killer reminiscent of one of the all-time greats, Hannibal Lecter. It seems that his prey has killed multiple people and buried them in a Louisiana bayou. Now the serial killer is on his way to Los Angeles as well as to Las Vegas both cities full of depraved criminals’, witnesses and others who make Neon pray by John Sanford is another diverting and regaling entry in the Lucas Davenport Minneapolis-based series. This time out Lucas who is now a federal marshal is on the trail of a vicious serial killer reminiscent of one of the all-time greats, Hannibal Lecter. It seems that his prey has killed multiple people and buried them in a Louisiana bayou. Now the serial killer is on his way to Los Angeles as well as to Las Vegas both cities full of depraved criminals’, witnesses and others who make this book a joy to read. As usual, Sanford writes an entertaining procedural chock full of images that translate well to the movie playing in the readers' mind. Great characterizations and a generous amount of violence and some sex render neon prey and outstanding procedural written by one of the true masters in the field.
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  • Anne Russ
    January 1, 1970
    Though I thought the plot kind of went off the rails toward the end, I am thoroughly hooked on Sandford’s characters and will continue to follow them through whatever stories Sanford will share. Perhaps I am a little too involved with the characters as my big take-away from this book is that somewhere between the first Virgil Flowers book and the latest Lucas Davenport book, Virgil’s preacher father moved from being a Lutheran to an Episcopalian. Perhaps he converted somewhere off-script. And pe Though I thought the plot kind of went off the rails toward the end, I am thoroughly hooked on Sandford’s characters and will continue to follow them through whatever stories Sanford will share. Perhaps I am a little too involved with the characters as my big take-away from this book is that somewhere between the first Virgil Flowers book and the latest Lucas Davenport book, Virgil’s preacher father moved from being a Lutheran to an Episcopalian. Perhaps he converted somewhere off-script. And perhaps only other clergy readers notice something like that.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Lucas Davenport continues to entertain, but in NEON PREY, he is not the Lucas of old. In a review of an earlier Prey novel, I suggested that the author kill off his wife Weather as she seemed to be cramping his style. Well, he has not quote done that, but her appearance in the novel is a cameo at best.Lucas is commissioned to find a serial killer who also happens to be a cannibal. At least the yuck factor is kept to a minimum. Davenport himself seems almost a minor character here. Three other la Lucas Davenport continues to entertain, but in NEON PREY, he is not the Lucas of old. In a review of an earlier Prey novel, I suggested that the author kill off his wife Weather as she seemed to be cramping his style. Well, he has not quote done that, but her appearance in the novel is a cameo at best.Lucas is commissioned to find a serial killer who also happens to be a cannibal. At least the yuck factor is kept to a minimum. Davenport himself seems almost a minor character here. Three other law enforcement types take up some of the slack, and while I enjoyed the book, I didn't love it.
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  • Kyle Wendy Skultety (gimmethatbook.com)
    January 1, 1970
    It’s hard to believe that this is Davenport’s 29th adventure. He’s gotten shot, stabbed, punched numerous times, and suffered various other indignities. In NEON PREY he and his fellow Marshals Bob and Rae are hot on the heels of a cannibal. Multiple bodies have been found in the yard of Clayton Deese, and the Marshals want to ask him some questions. Deese, however, is not cooperating.When Lucas and Co. discover that the livers from the bodies are missing, and the barbeque grill from Deese’s hous It’s hard to believe that this is Davenport’s 29th adventure. He’s gotten shot, stabbed, punched numerous times, and suffered various other indignities. In NEON PREY he and his fellow Marshals Bob and Rae are hot on the heels of a cannibal. Multiple bodies have been found in the yard of Clayton Deese, and the Marshals want to ask him some questions. Deese, however, is not cooperating.When Lucas and Co. discover that the livers from the bodies are missing, and the barbeque grill from Deese’s house has been used, they realize that they are not looking for a typical run-of-the-mill killer. Bob, Rae, and Lucas share the spotlight equally, which is different from previous books. It almost seems as though Lucas is part of the supporting cast rather than the main character. Even his “cop talk” is secondary to that of Bob and Rae.Las Vegas is a quirky setting that provides both sparkle and squalor. There is a section of the book where Deese and his crew hang out at a friend’s ramshackle trailer. As I read on, I could hear the banjos from “Deliverance” in the background – it was that eerie!My thoughts on this one is that it’s a firm middle-of-the-road Prey novel. What stood out for me was that Davenport seems to be feeling his age (both mentally and physically) here. No spoilers; but I was not ready for some of the plot twists. Kudos to the author for keeping his characters human with relevant emotions.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    This was a tough read for me and not because it wasn't interesting and not because it wasn't well written. I struggled with this book because it was uncharacteristically violent. I felt like I needed to cover my eyes. The violence included (might be a spoiler alert): cannibalism, murder, attempted murder, more murder, the murder of characters who had a voice in the story, kidnapping, and repeat rape and abuse. I really enjoy John Sandford books and have read almost all but this one went too far This was a tough read for me and not because it wasn't interesting and not because it wasn't well written. I struggled with this book because it was uncharacteristically violent. I felt like I needed to cover my eyes. The violence included (might be a spoiler alert): cannibalism, murder, attempted murder, more murder, the murder of characters who had a voice in the story, kidnapping, and repeat rape and abuse. I really enjoy John Sandford books and have read almost all but this one went too far for me.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    I like this author and I really have liked this series. There aren't too many authors that I will pre-order books yet this series and his Virgil Flowers series are in that category. I was thinking that the series might have run its course, or at least that we were getting close to the end. I mean...29 books... Now we get to Neon Prey. As I was reading this story, I was thinking about how this was, in theory, a bit different from books in the past because there was not anything actively against L I like this author and I really have liked this series. There aren't too many authors that I will pre-order books yet this series and his Virgil Flowers series are in that category. I was thinking that the series might have run its course, or at least that we were getting close to the end. I mean...29 books... Now we get to Neon Prey. As I was reading this story, I was thinking about how this was, in theory, a bit different from books in the past because there was not anything actively against Lucas, it was basically just reading the story as the plot unfolded and being along for the ride - just as Lucas was. Usually, Lucas is having to unravel the mystery and find the bad guys all while they are also trying to actively hurt or kill Lucas or his family. Lucas does get hurt in this one, but it is more because he does something a bit stupid - and then has to face the consequences. I liked the fact that Lucas is finally starting to deal with the fact that he is not superman and that he has normal every day fears that one might expect after having a near death experience. He is 52 years old. I think that bit of reality resonated with me.***Spoilers***There were a couple of things that stayed with me - in fact I was thinking about this this morning after I had already finished this book and 2 others. If a book stays with me after I have moved on, I usually consider that to be something that elevates the book into that rare 5 star category but I'm not sure if the things bothering me were good or bad. Near the end of the book there is a situation with a kidnapped woman and the things that are done to her. I read an awful lot so as much as I would like to say that everything I read is just one HEA after another, that is not the case. I'm really not a fan of heavy duty "dark" stories but I have read quite a bit that would fall into that genre. So, I guess I was surprised at myself when the bad guy actually went into the room with her and did what he had been threatening to do and I just inwardly cringed. I was surprised at myself for being disappointed in the author. Why? Why should that bother me?I mean. besides the fact that the act itself was cringe worthy and should never be thought of in anything other than a negative light. So, taking that out of the picture ....the author is always very realistic in his books and bad guys are usually....really BAD, so why did that bother me? I don't know the answer. I guess it just went to hammer down in concrete that this man was unredeemable (even though by this time that fact is already established) and to continue with the realness of the story. I'm not even sure why I'm mentioning this other than the fact that I truly am wondering about my thoughts and feelings toward this. The other thing that bothered me was the fact that one of the characters gets away with everything. THAT bothered me. Add to that fact that this character acted in a way that, to me, was reprehensible towards another victim and it REALLY bothered me. The bad guy we get. It makes sense for him to do awful things. But for this character to do the things that were done and then basically get away scott free - that is a bitter pill to swallow. So....does that mean that the author did such a great job with character development that my feelings were impacted days after finishing the story? I don't know. Maybe yes, maybe no. The bottom line was that I enjoyed the book. It moves at a quick pace and I can honestly say it wasn't boring. There was really nothing to "figure out". We were just a part of the rolling out of events along side Lucas Davenport. I truly enjoyed the little bit of Virgil, Letty and Weather that we got to see. I think sometimes that is the greatest benefit in a long running series is feeling like we already know the characters and feel "special" within that knowledge. Especially the addition of a character that is the star of his own series - we know the "behind the scenes" information that a new reader has absolutely no knowledge of. Back to the book - I guess that Sandford's greatest skill is creating this world where we really like the characters all the while keeping it "real" for 29 books. Bad guys are really bad - and they do awful things. As the story progressed there were enough twists to make things interesting and the conclusion was satisfying enough (with the exception of the thing I discussed previously) and it also set up the next book. I'll be looking forward to the next Virgil Flowers book because he is going to be a Dad...twins...ack!!!
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  • Char (1RadReader59)
    January 1, 1970
    In this book about Lucas Davenport, you are introduced to the killer first. Clayton Dees is not someone you want to run into, for his job is either to make you hurt so his boos gets his money or make you disappear. Now his job does not go the way he planned it and he is on the run. Also, law enforcement is all over his place in Louisiana. It is there that they begin to discover bodies or at least parts of them for he has eaten some parts. I should say barbequed. This is when Luca is called in. h In this book about Lucas Davenport, you are introduced to the killer first. Clayton Dees is not someone you want to run into, for his job is either to make you hurt so his boos gets his money or make you disappear. Now his job does not go the way he planned it and he is on the run. Also, law enforcement is all over his place in Louisiana. It is there that they begin to discover bodies or at least parts of them for he has eaten some parts. I should say barbequed. This is when Luca is called in. he is now working for the U.S. Marshalls. Because of his connections he can get things moving along faster in order to begin tracking Dees. This is another good book that takes you from Minnesota to L.A. then to Vegas. The action in between those places and in those places keep this book moving along at a fast pace without losing the story. All of the characters are good wheatear good guys, or gals, or bad. When you get to the end I did not see it ending as it did. Growing up in the Mojave Desert and actually catching one, not smart, the author having a Mojave green snake make an appearance was good. They are actually more deadly than any rattlesnake in the Mojave and yes they are green. Overall a very good book once again by this author. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Neon pray by John Sanford is another diverting and regaling entry in the Lucas Davenport Minneapolis-based series. This time out Lucas who is now a federal marshal is on the trail of a vicious serial killer reminiscent of one of the all-time greats, Hannibal Lecter. It seems that his prey has killed multiple people and buried them in a Louisiana bayou. Now the serial killer is on his way to Los Angeles as well as to Las Vegas both cities full of depraved criminals’, witnesses and others who make Neon pray by John Sanford is another diverting and regaling entry in the Lucas Davenport Minneapolis-based series. This time out Lucas who is now a federal marshal is on the trail of a vicious serial killer reminiscent of one of the all-time greats, Hannibal Lecter. It seems that his prey has killed multiple people and buried them in a Louisiana bayou. Now the serial killer is on his way to Los Angeles as well as to Las Vegas both cities full of depraved criminals’, witnesses and others who make this book a joy to read. As usual, Sanford writes an entertaining procedural chock full of images that translate well to the movie playing in the readers' mind. Great characterizations and a generous amount of violence and some sex render neon prey and outstanding procedural written by one of the true masters in the field.
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  • Art
    January 1, 1970
    It's always a treat to see a new Sandford on the shelves. And this one doesn't disappoint.Granted, Lucas Davenport is getting a little bit older and a little bit slower. But he still has some great adventures.He and the US Marhalls are chasing a hired killer/cannibal. There's a of shooting and a high body count. There may be a bit more from the side of the bad guys than from Davenport's perspective --- and the cannibal killer is very unlikeable.But it may be worth the entire book to picture the It's always a treat to see a new Sandford on the shelves. And this one doesn't disappoint.Granted, Lucas Davenport is getting a little bit older and a little bit slower. But he still has some great adventures.He and the US Marhalls are chasing a hired killer/cannibal. There's a of shooting and a high body count. There may be a bit more from the side of the bad guys than from Davenport's perspective --- and the cannibal killer is very unlikeable.But it may be worth the entire book to picture the dapper clothes horse Lucas wearing cargo shorts and a short-sleeved shirt to beat the heat in Las Vegas.Davenport and that f-ing Flowers are always great summer reads, no matter the actual season.So sit back and enjoy. But you won't be sitting back for long because you can never put down a Sandford book.
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  • Jeff
    January 1, 1970
    Neon Prey is the 29th book in the Lucas Davenport series, and this collection just keeps getting better and better. The book follows US Marshal Davenport’s attempts to apprehend a fugitive cannibalistic serial killer. There is constant action, as the reader follows along with Davenport and his familiar crew as they chase their prey. Any fan of the series will be pleased with the book, and any first time readers will be instantly hooked, as I was several “prey” novels ago. I can’t stop reading th Neon Prey is the 29th book in the Lucas Davenport series, and this collection just keeps getting better and better. The book follows US Marshal Davenport’s attempts to apprehend a fugitive cannibalistic serial killer. There is constant action, as the reader follows along with Davenport and his familiar crew as they chase their prey. Any fan of the series will be pleased with the book, and any first time readers will be instantly hooked, as I was several “prey” novels ago. I can’t stop reading this series - the writing is crisp, with attention to detail, well placed humor, and great storylines. Easily a 5 star plus book, and the best I’ve read in the series so far. Can’t wait for the next installment. Thank You to @NetGalley and @PutnamBooks for the advanced digital ARC
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  • Ron
    January 1, 1970
    Are you ready of a Louisiana cannibal? Well, that is what Lucas, Bob, and Rae have in their sights when several bodies are dug up in a swampy backyard. And several had been BBQed before burial. The chase heads to LA where a shootout lands Lucas in the hospital and the case goes cold. Later, they start pulling a few strings and head over to Vegas and its neon lights. Plenty of action, quips, and clever tricks keeps the reader reading until the last confrontation between U.S. Marshall's, outlaws, Are you ready of a Louisiana cannibal? Well, that is what Lucas, Bob, and Rae have in their sights when several bodies are dug up in a swampy backyard. And several had been BBQed before burial. The chase heads to LA where a shootout lands Lucas in the hospital and the case goes cold. Later, they start pulling a few strings and head over to Vegas and its neon lights. Plenty of action, quips, and clever tricks keeps the reader reading until the last confrontation between U.S. Marshall's, outlaws, and nature. A very nice addition to the Davenport series.Thanks Netgalley for the opportunity to read this title.
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  • Scott Dickinson
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the story, but there where typosAs always, great to spend time with Lucas Davenport. The cameos were a nice touch but would have liked a little more time with the old gang. The bad guys weren't clever but rather bad luck kept them in the game. One continuing detail that John Sandford has in the prey novels is the location specific details. The dialogue is as sharp as ever and the story was believable. There were a few typos in my Kindle edition which were missed by the spellchecker so that Loved the story, but there where typosAs always, great to spend time with Lucas Davenport. The cameos were a nice touch but would have liked a little more time with the old gang. The bad guys weren't clever but rather bad luck kept them in the game. One continuing detail that John Sandford has in the prey novels is the location specific details. The dialogue is as sharp as ever and the story was believable. There were a few typos in my Kindle edition which were missed by the spellchecker so that was annoying. All in all, a solid entry in the series but not the most suspenseful.
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  • Susan W
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley. I love John Sandford books and this is a good one. Many bad guys, some worse than others, there is even a Cannibal thrown into the mix. Lucas Davenport along with other US Marshalls, the FBI, local police and sheriff departments are all trying to capture these thieves and murders that have been wreaking havoc over LA and Los Vegas. Lucas is shot and we have to wait while he heals, he’s getting a bit older so it takes longer, and this is all in the first third of the book. Th Thank you Netgalley. I love John Sandford books and this is a good one. Many bad guys, some worse than others, there is even a Cannibal thrown into the mix. Lucas Davenport along with other US Marshalls, the FBI, local police and sheriff departments are all trying to capture these thieves and murders that have been wreaking havoc over LA and Los Vegas. Lucas is shot and we have to wait while he heals, he’s getting a bit older so it takes longer, and this is all in the first third of the book. This is a definite a must read. So clear your day and night, get comfy and enjoy.
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